Did Bush fake a Katrina repair photo-op?

The Bush Administration has a long history of making the worst possible instinctive reactions to crises. First was the infamous base-hopping that Bush's handlers sent him on immediately after 9/11. More recently, Bush decided that one lone mother camped outside of his Texas retreat wasn't worth noticing or encouraging, much less meeting with.

The only thing that saved him from the fallout of the Cindy Sheehan debacle was the end of his month-long vacation, which coincided not only with the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, but also with his special visit to San Diego to strum a guitar with country musician Mark Wills.

In what seems to be a tragic nod to a previous misstep, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu says that the Bush team staged a photo-op at the critically damaged 17th Street levee in New Orleans.

Part of Bush's undying passion to appear to be helping real Americans while only actually helping the rich and powerful, Landrieu's press release says in part:


Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.
It's hard to argue which is worse: the fact that even after a much-delayed response to a true crisis, Bush is still pretending at leadership, or the fact that no mainstream media outlets are picking up on this story?

(By way of AmericaBlog.)
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